Daniel Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts from Westmont College in 1970.
He then earned from Emory University his Master of Arts and Ph.D., both in 1974.
Daniel Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts from Westmont College in 1970. He then earned from Emory University his Master of Arts and Ph.D., both in 1974.
Daniel William Taylor taught English at Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, during 1974-1976. In 1976 he worked as an English teacher at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Taylor then taught literature and writing at Bethel University for thirty-three years, since 1977.
In addition, Daniel Taylor is the author of nine books, including The Myth of Certainty, Letters to My Children, Tell Me A Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories, In Search of Sacred Places: Looking for Wisdom on Celtic Holy Islands, and Creating a Spiritual Legacy: How to Share Your Stories, Values, and Wisdom. He speaks frequently at conferences, colleges, retreats, and churches on a variety of topics. In addition, he is a contributing editor of Books and Culture.
Daniel Taylor is also co-founder of The Legacy Center, an organization devoted to helping individuals and organizations identify and preserve the values and stories that have shaped their lives.
A recurring topic in Taylor’s work is the role of stories in shaping lives. He points out that we are born into stories, live in stories, and pass away leaving a legacy of stories. Stories, he argues, are the single best way human beings have discovered for preserving and making sense of their experience, and understanding this increases one’s ability to make one’s own life story a rich one.
In addition to his books and articles, Taylor has served as a stylist for several Bible translations, including the New Living Translation and a revision of the New Century Version, from 1992-2002. He also co-produced the newly released The Expanded Bible.
Daniel Taylor married Jayne Smith on September 5, 1971. The couple has four children: Matthew, Julia, Nathaniel, Anne.